WOMEN'S HOOPS FACES VERMONT IN AE QUARTERFINALS
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SCOUTING VERMONT (22-7, 13-3 AE)
 
   Vermont has won its last eight games and has been led in scoring and rebounding by Courtney Pilypaitis in each of the past four. Vermont defeated Binghamton, 63-49, in the last game of the regular season. Pilypaitis scored a team-high 20 points, grabbed seven rebounds, added four assists and went 12-for-13 from the foul line to lead UVM. She set a new UVM school record for consecutive free throws made, connecting on 27 straight over the past four games. Vermont went 8-0 during the second half of conference play, avenging all three of its losses. UVM also went 13-1 at Patrick Gymnasium, 8-0 versus America East foes. It’s the most home wins since the 1993-94 season. The Catamounts’ 22 overall wins and 13 conference victories are the most since the 2001-02 season and in coach Sharon Dawley’s tenure at Vermont (five seasons). UVM’s win over Binghamton snapped a five-game win streak by the Bearcats over the Catamounts and was the first Vermont win against Binghamton since March 5, 2005. The Camamounts three conference losses of the season came at Hartford (67-58), Boston U. (83-73) and Binghamton (73-69). Pilypiatis averages 17.1 points per game, including 20.3 during conference action.

SCOUTING NEW HAMPSHIRE (7-21, 4-12 AE)
    New Hampshire went 1-1 in its final week of the regular season. Four players posted in double-figures to lead the Wildcats past Maine, 66-58. Freshman guard Jacinda Williams (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) led all scorers with career highs in both points (14) and assists (six). Sophomore forward Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) delivered 13 points and six rebounds, while sophomore guard Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) contributed 12 points to go along with four assists. Sophomore forward Racheal Fowler (Galssboro, N.J.) also provided an offensive spark as she matched her career high with four steals and posted 10 points and six boards for the Wildcats. With the win, the first Wildcat victory at Alfond Arena in ten years, New Hampshire secured the seventh seed for the 2008 America East tournament. The Wildcats fell to Stony Brook in the final regular season game, 77-37. Five Stony Brook players posted in double-figures in the win, while Simpson led the Wildcats with eight points and Candace Williams recorded six points and pulled down a team-high six rebounds. The Wildcats are the only team in the America East conference to have four players averaging in double-figures. Ashley Cerniglia (Pittsford, N.Y.) leads the Wildcats in scoring, averaging 11.3 points per game.

AMERICA EAST ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
    Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.), a freshman forward for the University of New Hampshire women’s basketball team, was named America East Rookie of the Year for her impressive performances this season for the Wildcats. With the honor, Beliveau becomes only the third player in UNH history to win Rookie of the Year and the first since 1990. In addition, she was also named to the America East All-Rookie team, making her the second Wildcat to do so in as many years, as Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) made the team last season. Over the course of the season, the freshman sensation garnered a total of five America East Rookie of the Week awards on the year. With that milestone, Beliveau joins exclusive company as only 14 players in the history of America East have won more Rookie of the Week honors. On the season, Beliveau averaged 10.1 points per game and 6.3 rebounds per game, which tops the America East freshmen class. In addition, her rebound total (169) and assist total (54) rank second on the team. However, Beliveau has been just as productive on the defensive end as she has collected a team-high 54 steals on the year. She recorded a career-high 22 points en route to her first collegiate double-double (22p, 10r) at Northeastern (Dec. 15). The forward tallied 18 points against three different America East opponents, including a double-double (18p, 11r) at Binghamton (Jan. 19)

LET THE MADNESS BEGIN
 
   New Hampshire enters the America East Tournament as the seventh seed. The Wildcats, picked ninth by the conference coaches before the season, finished the season with a conference record of 4-12.

LOOKING AT THE JOURNEY
 
   The Wildcats begin the tournament in the quarterfinal round game against Vermont. A victory by the Wildcats will lead to a semifinal matchup against the winner of the No. 3 Boston U. and No. 6 UMBC game. With a semifinal victory, the Wildcats would advance to the finals for the first time in school history.

LUCKY NUMBER SEVEN
 
   For the first time the New Hampshire Wildcats enter the America East Tournament as the seventh seed. Last season, UMBC became the first seven-seeded team to win the America East Women’s Basketball Championship, defeating the one-, two- and three seeds in the process. The Retrievers went on to play in the program’s first-ever NCAA Tournament game, and made their first-ever national TV appearance when the Retrievers fell to UConn in the postseason.

QUADRUPLE DOUBLE

    The Wildcats are the only team in the America East conference to have four players averaging in double figures. Senior guard Ashley Cerniglia (Pittsford, N.Y.), sophomore guard Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.), freshman forward Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) and sophomore forward Candace Williams (Norfolk, Mass.) all average above 10 points per game.

THE YOUTH OF WILDCAT NATION
    There are 388 Division I women's basketball teams in the nation. The Wildcats rank sixth in all of Division I basketball in relying on freshmen and sophomores. Seventy-eight percent of all playing time comes from first-and second year players. The freshman and sophomore class is responsible for 77 percent of the team's offensive production. 

NH & VT SHARE MORE THAN THE SHAPE OF THE STATES
    Three Wildcat coaches and one player have ties with the state of Vermont; two of the coaches have histories with the Catamounts.
    Graduate assistant coach Jen MacAulay played ball for the Catamounts from 1998-2002 and was named a co-captain in 2000-01. She helped the team win the 2000 America East Championship en route to an NCAA tournament berth.
    Assistant Coach Mountain MacGillivray served as assistant coach to the 2000 America East Champion Vermont Catamounts, the squad that MacAulay played on.
    Assistant Coach Morgan Valley, a Colchester Vt. native, served as the co-director of the Valley and Valley Girls Basketball Camp in Burlington, Vt.
    Freshman center Jill McDonald hails from Middlebury, Vt. She led the Middlebury Union Tigers to the 2004 Vermont state championship and was selected WDEV Palyer of the Game.

MAKING A COMEBACK
      The Wildcats found themselves down by as many as 11 points at Maine (Mar. 5) and were trailing 31-23, but scored 43 second-half points to grab their first win at Maine (66-58) in 10 years. Two other times this season the Wildcats have battled back after trailing at the half to take the win. In conference action, the Wildcats found themselves down by two at the half 32-30 at UMBC (Feb. 2), but battled back for the 77-67 victory. After trailing by four points, 30-26, to Colgate (Dec. 1) at the half, New Hampshire went on a 7-0 run to start the second half to take the lead and grab the 75-70 win. This was the first come-from-behind-at-the-half win for the Wildcats since Jan. 18, 2006, as the Wildcats went 0-15 while trailing at the half last season.








 
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